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CityLab unveils redesign of Brooklyn bus system

November 20, 2018 By Raanan Geberer Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Photo courtesy of the MTA

CityLab, an organization dedicated to the people who are creating the cities of the future, recently detailed the ills of Brooklyn’s bus system and designed an ideal bus system of its own.

Bus ridership in the city as a whole has declined by 20 percent during the past decade, according to CityLab. Reasons the academics give include growing congestion, demographic changes and system-wide MTA service cuts that began in 2010.

CityLab’s imaginary bus route mainly consists of straight north-south and east-west routes rather than “zig-zagging trajectories.” The organization would like all routes to run buses every 6 minutes from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

In addition, CityLab wants bus stops farther apart to increase speeds.

“We found that the average distance between stops [in Brooklyn] was 720 feet,” CityLab said. “When we compared this to cities in Europe and Asia, we found that those cities installed a stop every 1,300 to 1,800 feet.”

The MTA recently announced that it plans to redesign the city’s entire bus system, beginning with the Bronx.

“Advocacy groups like Riders Alliance, TransitCenter and the Straphangers Campaign have been beating the drum for a network redesign and other improvements for years,” CityLab said.

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